At least one person has been reported dead of deadly Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) according to the sources with the medical department. The death reportedly occurred at Naguru hospital in Kampala. The ministry of health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona identified the deceased as a 32 years old female resident of Kampala. He however, refused to reveal the names due the privacy and sensitivity of the matter.
He said the deceased was living in a Kampala suburb of Kireka. He asked for calm as ministry of health is working on how to contain the situation.
“She has been staying in Kireka, a Kampala suburb. She will be accorded a safe burial by Ministry of Health medical teams,” Ainebyoona said.
He also revealed that teams of medical experts have been dispatched to trace all those who are suspected to have come into contact with the deceased.
The ministry of health also denied the social media reports that the deceased died as a result of dangerous Ebola which has killed several people in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Anebyoona confirmed the sample from the 32 years old tested negative of Ebola virus.
“On Wednesday, blood samples were obtained and sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) where they tested positive of CCHF however it tested negative of Ebola,”Ainebyoona said.
According to the UVRI, the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is caused as a result of infection with a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) which belong to the Bunyaviridae family.
The virus also spread through human to human transmission as a result of coming into close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons.
There is currently known cure or vaccines for the fever in both animals and human. The virus was first discovered in Crimea and later in Congo health the genesis of its names.